Student needed: Summer 2018
Faculty mentor names(s): Dr. Lesley Morris
BES Facility: Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Union Station
Location: Union/La Grande
Hourly Salary: $12/hour Expected hours/week: 40 hours/week
Student may be asked to work 40 hours as 4-ten hour days in some weeks.
Are housing benefit included in addition to hourly salary?: No.
Student will be operating vehicles or farm equipment/machinery. Student will need to submit a driving background.
Ventenata (Ventenata dubia) is a relatively new invasive annual grass to rangelands in the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon. Although its spread has been rapid in the last decade, very little is actually known about the conditions that enable it to increase or how this invasive species will affect rangelands in Oregon.
This internship will be centered on assisting in data collection for research that addresses two major questions about ventenata on rangelands: 1) what affects has livestock grazing had on the increase and spread of Ventenata dubia in Oregon and 2) will livestock utilize this new invasive grass? Information regarding these questions is important to a large number of stakeholder groups including management agencies, livestock producers, and wildlife enthusiasts.
The intern for this project will participate in fieldwork data collection, drying and weighing clipped vegetation, data entry and analysis, and presentation of a portion of the data collected for this study as the intern’s own project poster. The fieldwork will take place primarily on the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in northeastern Oregon. This fieldwork includes monitoring the vegetation one year after a prescribed burn. The student will gain experience in botany, field collection of plant community monitoring data collection, database management, experimental design, laboratory methods, data analysis, and how to interpret research data and apply it to management and presentation. The student will also participate with advisors in data analysis and will create a project poster. The work could potentially lead to co-authoring a paper if interested.
Students with an interest in range management, natural resources, botany, invasive plant species, or environmental studies are encouraged to apply. Some background in plant identification is preferred, but not required. The intern will receive the necessary training to complete field and project components of job. The work will require traveling, camping, lifting, standing and walking outdoors for extended times. The position does require a driver’s license. This internship is offered at $12 hour. Housing is not available at the station but we can assist in locating a housing.